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Covid-19 Fatigue and Burnout: How to Manage Those Feelings of Exhaustion

February 25, 2022
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A Message from Doctor Robert MacArthur, CCA’s Chief Medical Officer 

It’s hard to remember what it was like before the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past two years, the way we socialize, work, and live our lives has changed. Many of us experience fear, anxiety, depression, or loneliness. We have lost our sense of stability and security and our connection to family members and friends.

COVID-19 burnout has also set in.

In my role as Chief Medical Officer at CCA, I’ve seen firsthand the physical and emotional impact of pandemic burnout on healthcare workers and patients alike. After two long years, you may be tired of social distancing from those you love, masking in public, or getting vaccines.

Your feelings are normal. But as mandates and restrictions are lifted, staying vigilant will be critical. By pushing through those feelings of pandemic fatigue and burnout, we may finally have a chance at putting this chapter behind us.

Getting back to normal

In a recent statement, Doctor Anthony Fauci said that the full-blown pandemic phase of COVID-19 may be ending. What does that mean? As of this month, over 200 million people in the United States, or around two thirds of the population, are fully vaccinated. This has led to a decrease of infections and hospitalizations in many parts of the country.

These are great signs of progress, and a glimmer of hope that we may soon be reaching the “endemic” stage of the virus. This is the stage when COVID-19 will become more manageable, like the flu.

But COVID-19 will likely be with us for years to come. This virus will continue to put people 65 or older or those with chronic conditions at risk. If we ignore expert guidance, COVID-19 will continue to threaten our communities.

While staying vigilant is important, coping with pandemic burnout requires a healthy dose of self-care. More than ever, it’s important to stay focused on your well-being. I encourage you to make time to focus on your emotional health and do what it takes to go about your everyday life safely.  

What can you do to prevent or better manage the effects of COVID-19 fatigue and burnout?

Here are tips for staying positive and safe in the weeks, months, and years to come. 

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Count on CCA to provide uncommon care®

Here’s one final word of reassurance. I want you to know that CCA is here for you during these challenging times. We address the medical, behavioral health, and social support needs of our members in ways that go beyond health coverage. Everything we do is aimed at improving the well-being of people with the most significant health needs. We call this uncommon care, and it’s helped us to deliver uncommon results for our members—even throughout the pandemic.  

No one can say for sure how much longer the pandemic will affect our lives. But one thing is certain: we are all going through this together, and we will get through it together.

Thank you for placing your trust in CCA. 

CCA is here for you during these challenging times

Our members can call our Nurse Advice Line for help and support.

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